I recently took a trip back out to California and it dawned on me that folks there seem to be consistently in overdrive.
Don’t get me wrong, I Love California. Born, raised, wed and raised my own child there, but it has been nice to live away from the hustle and bustle. Everyone is always tapped in to something and always in such a rush.
Cars zoom in and out of traffic lanes, people push past you to get in line for coffee, airport terminals are crammed with people, it has become a constantly moving and sensory overload environment if you are not in it everyday.
Small bites nowadays. I can take small bites. I love my home state but I also like being less rushed.
I’ve been watching the birds outside the window sitting in the tree chirping and soaking in the rays of the sun, flitting about from branch to branch. They really are busy creatures throughout the day and it reminds me that they are just like us. We flit about just the same from place to place, from call to call, meeting to meeting, e-mail to e-mail to get the daily work done. I don’t think we stop long enough to take in what is around us each day and enjoy what is physically there present and accounted for.
We are asked to be present and give audible tones to say ‘here’, ‘yes sir’, ‘yes ma’am’, but are we really present physically? I know I am going out on a limb but I watched the birds on the branch and they look around and take a moment, even that brief 30 seconds of rest before flying off to another tree and I wonder, should we take that time as well to be present and accounted for for ourselves each day before moving between everything we do? Do we mentally take breaks through the day at all?
I’m just processing and cycling while watching the birds but have you ever just sat and thought about that?
How many remember that line from Gypsy? I may be dating myself but it seems that we always have to entertain people everyday.
We have to smile, put on our face, go out of our way to make others happy when in fact who goes out of their way to do the same for us?
I was told recently that I should smile more. Really? Smile more. I’m not a fake and phony smile kind of gal. I smile when I need to or want to and don’t do it on demand so to tell me I have to smile more is too demanding. It is making me perform something I am uncomfortable doing. In fact, it makes me feel as if I have a perma-smile on and can’t get it to go away. Like the Joker in Batman.
So if I want to entertain you with my smile let me be me. Let it come naturally and while I am being genuine.
Forcing someone to do something or be someone they are not isn’t entertaining at all. If you feel the need to see someone smile, make them laugh. Best entertainment ever.
Everyday we use our positive and negative energy to do things in our lives.
I don’t think we intentionally do negative all the time it just happens at times because of situations such as being cut off on the road or because we have something cooking on the stove and something else happens. Negative energy just crops up when it wants to. That is why we need to focus on the positive and funnel that energy as much as possible so that when those negative moments pop up during the day we can combat them as much as we can and counter the good with the bad.
I know it isn’t easy but for a better 2018, i am focusing on funneling the positive and trying to stay away from the negative.
You might see these terms when you hear the word viable in the workplace. In a product world you hear MVP all the time and it isn’t for Most Valuable Player even though when you look at it sometimes the Minimum Viable Product can be a valuable resource in the long run to get a job done.
What really is Viable though to each person? Is it the ability to work collaboratively with one another? Is it the overall intent to bring harmony to a project? Or is it just a way to get a product out the door and into the hands of the consumer-MVP.
Viable is different for each and each needs to find the answer. I live in a world of MVPs daily.
No matter what it is you do, treat yourself each week to something. It doesn’t have to be big or extravagant, just treat yourself.
For instance, if you lost a couple pounds that week then treat yourself to a smoothie. If you had a really good work week, treat yourself to a walk in the park/Beach. If your child did really well in school, treat them to ice cream, if you completed all your exercise routines, treat yourself with a virtual high five.
Whatever it is treat you because you need positive energy as much as the next person.